It's an election year in Tanzania and the big decision will take place in just a couple months.
Typically, TZ can be said to be a "one-party democracy" with Chama cha Mapinduzi (the Party of the Revolution) dominating the political landscape.
Back in the early days post-Independence, CCM was the party of Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, TZ's first president and the father of the nation. During Nyerere's time, CCM was a champion of African socialism and a proponent of Ujamaa, the idea of collectivized agriculture.
Modern-day CCM is a lil' less hippy-dippy. The idea of communalism has been fairly replaced by free market economism, and I'm not gonna throw shade at any one politico, but corruption is not *unheard of.*
Anyhoo, check out this piece from the Tanzania Daily News about the current CCM campaign. This guy, Magufuli, is certainly not shy about promising the sun and the stars - we shall see if he can make good as surely, he will be the next Tanzanian prez.
Nevertheless, I'll try to find something similar for the main opposition party, Cha Dema, for next week's post.
Tanzania: CCM Starts Campaign in Style
Launching the 2015 CCM Union presidential campaign in Dar es Salaam
on Sunday, the party's candidate, Dr. John Magufuli, and his running
mate, Ms. Samia Suluhu Hassan, pledged stronger commitment to industrial economy and
improved social services.
Addressing thousands of party supporters at the Jangwani Grounds in
the city, Dr. Magufuli said that once given mandate as president, he will
ensure sustainability of the Union, and will not entertain tribalism.
Moreover, he will have zero tolerance for corruption and public mismanagement, adhering to practices of good governance and
human rights advocacy to quench Tanzanians' thirst for development.
He said more efforts will be made in the industrial sector as he believes
in creating a country that will be an industrial economic state by
"We will work very closely with the investors to put up industries. This task will not be undertaken by the state alone. Bureaucratic public
servants should find a way out as I will not entertain those who will
fail to deliver on time," the presidential candidate vowed.
transform this country into an industrial economy. I will put more effort on the development of the industrial sector by
putting up more new industries and increasing employment opportunities by 40 percent," said Dr Magufuli.
In the education sector, he said since the party's election manifesto
promises free education from primary to secondary school level, he will
come up with a new system that will make it work without any hitches.
"As for students pursuing higher education, their loans will be given
before the beginning of the semester, unlike now when they have to
stage boycotts to receive the loans," he stressed.
Improvements to the health sector will come in the form of new dispensaries in all villages to reduce the
cost of sending patients for treatment abroad. By upgrading the existing referral
hospitals, Dr. Magufuli believes citizens will soon think of Tanzania as an
alternative when it comes for quality medical services.
Dr. Magufuli's biggest hopes are for the agricultural sector, which is
currently being looked at as politically deserted. By ensuring the availability
of agricultural inputs, land ownership and an assured market for
agricultural produce, he thinks that he can turn this state of affairs around.
Turning to livestock, a cabinet portfolio for which Dr. Magufuli
once held, he says he will look into new ventures, and will especially try to resolve pastoralist-farmer conflicts as well as put up
industries that will add value to the products to boost revenue
"The rivalry that has been there between the business community and
the government will be dealt with accordingly so that at the end of the
day they create a beneficial environment for both groups for increased
revenue collection," said the presidential candidate.
Dr. Magufuli further noted that he will transform the city of Dar es
Salaam by putting up a railway line and flyovers to solve the
problem of traffic jams in addition to putting up more physical
He also pointed out that the police force should get the best and
most sophisticated equipment that will help them deliver services to the fullest as well as providing them better incentives.
Neither will Dr. Magufuli ignore constructive issues
floated by the opposition parties as he believes in working together for
national economic development and people's improved welfare.
He singled out journalists in the country for special praise,
pledging to improve their welfare and safe-being as he underscored the need for them to
use their pens wisely and guard against misreporting. As the nation is
heading towards the general elections, he hopes at the end of the
day, the journalists will keep the Tanzanian people as one.
Earlier, his running mate, Ms. Suluhu Hassan, affirmed that she will empower
women by giving each village 50m/- for economic projects while as a
mother herself, she will work to ensure improved services in water and health services
countrywide, which will particularly benefit women and mothers.
She promised to bring clean and safe water services near the
communities whereas dormitories will be constructed so that school-age girls can
study in a better environment.
Together with Dr. Magufuli, Ms. Suluhu Hassan said come 2020, the people in
rural areas will be enjoying clean and water services by 85 percent
while people in urban areas will enjoy such services by 95 percent.